October vigil and project honors domestic violence victims

Each October, to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County holds candlelight vigils in the area to remember this year’s victims and survivors.

A Trumbull vigil is scheduled for Oct. 9, at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St.

In addition, Trumbull will hold its Clothesline Project starting Oct. 4, leading up the vigil. T-shirts with messages and illustrations decorated by survivors or community members, who wish to honor victims and survivors, will be hung from clotheslines on the library’s lawn throughout the week. Residents can pick up a free T-shirt at the library. The Project is sponsored by The Center, in partnership with the Trumbull Rotary, Trumbull Library, Trumbull Cares and Trumbull Woman’s Club.

This is the first year The Center has scheduled a vigil in each of the towns it serves. All are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Every 15 seconds a bell will be rung to remind us that domestic abuse occurs every 15 seconds.

This year, The Center has scheduled seven vigils, all beginning at 6 p.m:

• Oct. 2, University of Bridgeport, 244 University Ave., Bridgeport.

• Oct. 3, Sherman Green, in front of the Gazebo, Post and Reef roads, Fairfield.

• Oct. 8, City Hall Annex, 999 Broad St., Bridgeport.

• Oct. 9, Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street (next to town hall), Trumbull.

• Oct. 15, Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St., Stratford.

•Oct. 17, Easton Community Center Gazebo, 364 Sport Hill Road, Easton.

• Oct. 29, Monroe Green in front of the Town Hall Gazebo, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe.

“We hold the vigils at dusk, to honor all victims of domestic abuse,” says Debra A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Center. “It’s a time to remember this year’s victims and survivors, and a chance for those who are suffering to understand that we are here to help them. It is our hope that the vigils will make victims strong enough to speak to us privately and learn about our free and confidential services.”

Each vigil will feature speakers, including elected officials, and staff from The Center, describing the services offered and the steps you or someone you know can take if he or she is a victim of abuse.